Redistricting shuffles state lawmakers

Alisa Boswell Local state representatives say big changes are in store for state House districts under a new redistricting plan declared law Tuesday by Santa Fe Judge James Hall. “My district currently stretches from Portales to the Colorado state line, but in the new map, I would take on a bigger portion of Portales, almost [...]

Herding Squirrels: The long dry season

Traci Arbios For those of us in blended-family land, it’s been a long, long summer. I never exactly know how to feel about this particular season. My husband and I are the primary parents to our massive brood of kids; but come summer, visitation schedules change, culling our herd. How would I describe it? By [...]

Hunger’s emotional effects on children

Shontaya Moses

Alfred Lubrano Children in poverty are more emotionally affected by a lack of food than was previously understood, new research shows. With food prices up nearly 5 percent over last year and the poor disproportionately hurt, children are noticing their parents skipping more meals to let their youngsters eat. That’s causing kids to speak up. [...]

Rough and tough: Doctors say horseplay is good for kids

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Sam McManis Squeals of delight, piercing and persistent, issued from the staircase down the hall. Some serious roughhousing was under way at this Natomas, Calif., home, but mom Michelle Hewitt hardly fretted. She and husband Dan consider themselves physical and playful parents, and the kids – Alice, 5, William, 3, and even 14-month-old Claire – [...]

Seven things not to say to your picky eater

Picky eater illustration

Jeremy Olson Do any of these sound familiar? Clean your plate or no dessert! Why do you have to be so picky? There are starving people in China! If so, then you’re likely a parent who has gone to battle at the dinner table with kids who refuse to eat the meals prepared for them. [...]

Building Resilience in Children: The art and importance of listening

McClatchy-Tribune The key to getting a child to open up is to say very little. Simply use short phrases that reassure and prompt more conversation. This is particularly important at the beginning of a conversation because we want children to reach a point where they’re comfortable enough to express whatever is on their minds. To [...]

President needs Congress’ approval to declare war

Freedom New Mexico In olden days in foreign lands, the king only had to say, “Attack!” and the nation went to war, for whatever reason he desired. President Barack Obama’s military engagement in Libya’s ongoing war looks more like royal sovereignty than American constitutional government. Our founders constitutionally curbed executive power, requiring presidents to first [...]

Birthdays blow by breathlessly

Russell Anglin Another year has come and gone for me. On Wednesday, I bid 22 adieu and say hello to my 23rd year of life. I’m not too thrilled about turning 23. For one thing, I prefer even numbers to odd ones in all cases. I’m not a numerologist and I don’t believe numbers carry [...]

Linda Lambert placed on paid leave

Russell Anglin A Tucumcari teacher who claims she was reassigned in retaliation for filing a sexual harassment complaint was placed on administrative leave Thursday while school officials say they investigate charges of possible employee misconduct. Tucumcari Assistant Superintendent Dave Johnson gave a statement by phone Friday regarding Linda Lambert’s paid leave. “The district has become [...]

Proposed renovation meets flabbergastation

Baxter Black Say you were climbing Mt. Everest with your co-ed bowling team. You cover the last hundred yards to the summit. It takes five hours. After everyone has touched the flag pole they begin looking around and finally spot the official Tibetan Parks & Recreation A-One chemical toilet! “Whew!” says one of the climbers, [...]